Outside the Box - Dr. Smiley

Lakewood’s Latest Local, National, and Global Ministry.

Nothing But The Truth


The last several Gainesville Times’ “Minister Columns” have been about truth. We’ve read comments from several writers, but I offer the one single statement which sums up the topic: “Truth can never contradict itself.” That means that anyone who says that there is no absolute truth is both incorrect and illogical. I found Christian apologist … Continued

Prayer of Christlikeness


Here is a prayer that our Worship Pastor, Bill Risinger, shared with me this week. Dear God, I pray you would grant me: Less selfishness and more love, Less insecurity and more kindness, Less pride and more humility, Less greed and more generosity, Less entitlement and more work, Less grudges and more forgiveness, Less ignorance … Continued

Turn Off the Television and Love Your Neighbor


​​As I watched and observed the behavior of those in Charlottesville and in Seattle, I can’t help but think of Captain Woodrow F. Call of “Lonesome Dove” fame. Following an ugly incident when he had to take up for a young boy being abused by an angry adult, he said, “I hate rudeness in a man; … Continued

Annual Business Report 2017 and By-Law Amendment


Each year, we gather as a church family at the end of July to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous church year, vision-cast for the one upcoming and review old and new church business.  We are joyfully joining God where He is working locally, nationally and globally, and we continue to see that where He … Continued

Family Promise of Hall County


Family Promise of Hall County To the Board of Directors of Family Promise of Hall County: When Lakewood Baptist Church joined Family Promise of Hall County at its inception, we believed, organizationally, that Family Promise of Hall County and Lakewood Baptist Church held in common the goal to meet physical needs and the call to … Continued

Ministry Highlights


I was disappointed that our Deacon Minister and Spouse Retreat was canceled due to bad weather in late January.  One of the agenda items I was going to share was entitled “Ministry Highlights”.  I wanted you to also be able to see how God is blessing our local, national and global ministry through Lakewood.  As you review, … Continued